Hunt: The light is at the end of the tunnel

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:33
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INTERVIEW: Reds star Karmichael Hunt is starting to feel the excitement as this year's Super Rugby tournament draws closer.

The Reds have been hard at work in the Queensland heat during the current pre-season and Hunt and his teammates are eager to get some game time.

"It is that time of the year when the training shifts from running and physicality to a more football-based style," Hunt told reporters in Brisbane. 

"The boys are feeling the pinch because it has been quite a hectic summer up here with the heat and obviously the workload that [head coach Nick] Styles has got us under. But the footy is around the corner so things are starting to get a bit more exciting for us. The light is at the end of the tunnel, so to speak."

The Reds will shake off some pre-season cobwebs when they participate in the inaugural Brisbane Global Tens next weekend. However, Hunt said their primary focus has been on the XV-man game so far.

"It has been purely Super Rugby focussed - getting our conditioning up to speed," Hunt added.

"We have been spending a lot of time in the weights room and on the field, it has been just XV on XV. 

"I would imagine next week we will talk about how we will modify our game. I don't think there will be any drastic changes -  I think our micro plays will be quite similar to what we will use throughout the season."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28